The Washington native, with an MA from the University of Washington and a doctorate from Yale University, is the William Cary Hulsey Curator of American Art at the Birmingham Museum of Art. His specialty? American fine and decorative arts made before 1945.
But the 38-year-old who lives on Southside is anything but stuck in the past. Read on, and you’ll see what he thinks of Lady Gaga, Starbucks coffee and more."
The Brat Packer I most identify with is:
A. Emilio Estevez
B. Anthony Michael
C. Andrew McCarthy
D. Judd Nelson
E. Molly Ringwald
B. I definitely identify most with Anthony Michael Hall. He started off typecast as a geek, but grew into more diverse roles as he got older. Story of my life.
A. American Idol
B. Dancing with the Stars
C. Last Comic Standing
None of the above. I don’t really care much for reality competition shows. I’m more likely to be watching “Mad Men” or “Glee” on Netflix or Hulu.
After a long day, I like to relax with a:
B. Cold beer
D. Herbal tea
E. Hot chocolate
F. Red Bull
None of the above. My beverage of choice is the “Ruby G,” a Rojo specialty named for me. The “G” is for Graham. Absolut Ruby Red Grapefruit Vodka, club soda, lemon, lime, and at least two cherries. Delicious!
If I was auditioning for “American Idol,” my song would be:
“Copacabana” in German ... What else?
The first band I saw in concert:
I grew up in a family band, so I suppose performed concerts before I watched them. The first major concert I remember is Billy Joel’s Storm Front Tour, Easter Sunday 1991 at the Tacoma Dome.
A. Kate Jackson in “Dark Shadows”
B. Kate Jackson in “Charlie’s Angels”
C. Kate Jackson in “Scarecrow and Mrs. King”
D. Where in the world is Kate Jackson?
As the “Smart Angel,” Sabrina Duncan was my favorite. She was MacGyver way before MacGyver!
The person I’m most often mistaken for:
When I’m a few pounds thinner, I’m often mistaken for Rich Sommer, who plays Harry Crane on “Mad Men.”
A The Beatles
B. The Rolling Stones
B. Love the Beatles, too, but I can’t think of too many songs that hold a candle to the Stones’ “Paint It, Black.”
The worst advice I ever received:
Someone told me that “Life In the Universe” was an easy science course for humanities majors. Boy were they wrong! It was the only college course from which I ever withdrew.
Pick a Simpson:
None of the above. Wallis Warfield Simpson. For the King of England to abdicate his throne for her, she must have been quite a woman.
In high school I was:
Overcommitted to extracurriculars. Debate, drama, band, choir, student government, Earth Club .¤.¤. reminiscing about it exhausts me.
The most famous person I ever became friends with:
A few of my classmates from Yale have become quite well known. Theo Epstein of the Boston Red Sox became the youngest GM in major league baseball history, and Chris Heinz (as in Heinz Ketchup) addressed the 2004 Democratic National Convention when his stepfather John Kerry ran for President.
Both. They are utterly inseparable.
My most recent eBay purchase:
I bought a fantastic plate designed by Rockwell Kent for the permanent collection of the Birmingham Museum of Art.
What do you like most about Birmingham?
The people. Birminghamians are some of the kindest and most engaging folks on earth!
The first person I call when I have good news:
My friend Jan Jander. He splits his time between Chicago and Birmingham, but we talk or text nearly every day.
My most treasured fashion accessory is:
A stunning Hermes pocket square given to me by dear friends Nan and David Skier. They picked one that suits me to a T.
The last book I read:
“Rogues’ Gallery” by Michael Gross — a juicy history of the Metropolitan Museum of Art.
A book I bought and have been intending to read for the longest time:
“To Kill A Mockingbird.” Embarrassing that I’ve never read it, isn’t it? I did see the movie, though.
A. Sgt. York
B. Sgt. Schultz
D. Sgt. Pepper
None of the above. How about Sargent Shriver? I find his dedication to public service inspiring.
A. Harper Lee
B. Fannie Flagg
Neither. I’m going with Truman Capote. “A Christmas Memory” gets me every time.
What you’ll always find in my glove compartment:
Proof of insurance and registration.
My most embarrassing junk food:
Chick-O-Sticks. A candy made primarily from peanut butter, granulated sugar, corn syrup and toasted coconut. I buy them at gas stations when I’m on long roadtrips.
Pick a Jessica:
C. Loved her as Ninny Threadgoode in “Fried Green Tomatoes.”
Being a native of Washington, I’ve got to pick Starbucks. I remember when there was only one!
My favorite website:
It’s a toss-up between the Urban Legends Reference Pages (www.snopes.com) and Facebook.
My most memorable fashion mistake:
My favorite TV reality show:
If I could live my life as someone else, it would be:
Warren Buffet. Then I’d never have to fly coach.
My childhood nickname was:
My favorite “bad” movie is:
“Bad Ronald,” a 1974 made-for-TV film starring Scott Jacoby and Dabney Coleman.
My first job:
I filled orders at my family’s beer and wine wholesale company.
My worst job:
Busboy at the La Conner Seafood & Prime Rib. The dishwashers kept quitting, so I was constantly filling in.
My favorite cable channel:
A. David Letterman
B. Jay Leno
C. Conan O’Brien
D. Craig Ferguson
C. I’m with Coco!!!
Life would be better without:
Bigotry and hypocrisy
My required snack in a movie theater is:
Popcorn without the hydrogenated artificially flavored palm oil.
If I could tour with any two bands, they would be:
Lady Gaga and the B-52s
I never travel without my:
My sterling silver collar stays. I’m surprised they’ve never been confiscated by TSA. They’re like little daggers.
People would be surprised to know that I:
Eat fresh tomatoes with cream cheese on a toasted cinnamon raisin bagel nearly every morning for breakfast.